Lionel Messi is the best-paid player in the world, with David Beckham second on football's rich list and Cristiano Ronaldo third.
|FOOTBALL'S RICH LIST|
|Lionel Messi (Barcelona) |
David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi)
Wayne Rooney (Man United)
Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Yaya Toure (Man City)
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
Kaka (Real Madrid)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
LA Galaxy midfielder and former England captain Beckham, for so long the game’s top earner, came in second on €31.5m (£26.2m), while Real Madrid star Ronaldo collected €29.2m (£24.3m) in 2011.
Elsewhere, Samuel Eto’o, who made a lucrative move from Inter to Anzhi Makhachkala last summer, is fourth on the list, with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney fifth.
Wealthy Premier League outfit Manchester City have two players in the top ten, with Argentine forward Sergio Aguero and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure sixth and seventh, respectively.
The only other club represented twice are Madrid, with Ronaldo's team-mate Kaka ranking ninth.
Elsewhere, it is worth noting that Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres, who finally got back amongst the goals at the weekend, netted €16.7m (£13.9m) during his disastrous first 12 months at Stamford Bridge.
There is not a single player based in Serie A in the top 10 but there is one representative from the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm.